Minor and Cluster Requirements

Students can choose to minor or complete a cluster in biomedical engineering.

Biomedical Engineering Minor

The biomedical engineering minor provides substantive exposure to the biological and engineering sciences and gives students a basic perspective on the complex structure and function of living systems and their analysis by physical and engineering principles. The minor is available to students in all majors, but engineering and biology students find it easier to complete these requirements. Students may not use more than two of the courses required for the BME minor to also satisfy requirements in their major. When filing the online Minor Declaration form, if there are any overlap courses (max two), those will be reported on the form.

All students that propose a minor in BME must fulfill the basic math requirements (MATH 161, MATH 162, MATH 165 or MATH 141, MATH 142, MATH 143 or these in combination with Math AP credit). Contact the undergraduate program coordinator for information on how to submit an online Minor Declaration approval.

Biological Science Courses (8 credit hours)

Students must complete two life science courses (i.e., biology, microbiology, neuroscience). Students can use one of the following: BIOL 110, BIOL 112 or AP Biology, plus one other Life Science to meet the two life science course requirement, including BME 211 Cellular and Molecular Biology Foundations, or BME 258 Human Anatomy.

Biomedical Engineering Introductory Course (4 credit hours)

BME 101 (4 credits) is a first-year or sophomore course utilizing the spectrum of examples of BME applications to introduce the scope of the discipline and its range of significance. Faculty advisers have the flexibility of substituting four credits of another BME-related course.

Engineering Courses (12 credit hours)

Eight BME engineering credits and four additional engineering credits are required. The BME courses can include any 400-level BME courses or cross-listed courses. BME 211: Cellular and Molecular Biology Foundations, BME 258: Human Anatomy, and BME 459: Applied Human Anatomy can NOT be used for this requirement, as they are life science courses.

Note: Students are warned to confirm that all prerequisites for the courses below are fulfilled.


Please see the Undergraduate BME Curriculum Guide for the most up-to-date listings.

  • BME 201: Fundamentals of Biomechanics
  • BME 201P: MATLAB for Bioengineers
  • BME 210: Biosystems and Circuits
  • BME 212: Viscoelasticity in Biological Tissues
  • BME 218: Introduction to Neuroengineering
  • BME 221: Biomedical Computation
  • BME 228: Physiological Control Systems
  • BME 230: Biomedical Signals and Measurements
  • BME 245: Biomaterials
  • BME 251: Biomedical Ultrasound
  • BME 253: Ultrasound Imaging
  • BME 255: Translational Biomedical Optics
  • BME 259: Transport Phenomena in Biological Systems
  • BME 260: Quantitative Physiology
  • BME 262: Cell and Tissue Engineering
  • BME 266: Bioprocess Engineering
  • BME 270: Biomedical Microscopy
  • BME 283: Biosolid Mechanics
  • BME 391: Independent Study

Computer science courses do not fulfill the engineering requirement.

Biomedical Engineering Clusters

Biomechanics of Human Movement (N4BME002)

  • BME 101 or ME 104 or ME 120
  • BIOL 110 or BIOL 112 or BME 258
  • At least four credits of the following:
    • DANC 102 (2 Cr), DANC 130 (2 Cr), DANC 200, DANC 230, DANC 288, HIST 284

Biomedical Design (N4BME003)

  • BME 101
  • At least four credits of the following:
    • ME 120 or ME 110 (2 Cr) or EAS 141 (2Cr)
  • At least four credits of the following:
    • SART 131 or SART 111 or SART 151 or SART 161 or SART 121

Biomedical Engineering (N4BME001)

  • BME 101
  • BME 201
  • BME 201P (1 Cr)
  • One of the following:
    • MATH 143 or MATH 162

Biomedical Microscopy (N4BME004)

  • BME 101
  • BME 270
  • One of the following:
    • BIOL 110 or BIOL 112, or PHYS 113 or PHYS 121

You can find the link to the BME department clusters on the cluster search engine page.